Conner was one of many artists in his circle of contemporaries at Canyon Cinema to experiment with expanded consciousness, and he even traveled to Mexico seeking respite from American life. Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (Short Version) (1959–67), his chronicle of his time in Mexico, serves as the jumping-off point for a program of psychedelic dispatches from distant lands, including works by Ben Van Meter, Chick Strand, Bruce Baillie, and Lawrence Jordan.
Program approx. 60 min.
Artist and filmmaker Javier Téllez (b. 1969, Valencia, Venezuela) will introduce the September 20 screening. Téllez has extensively researched Antonin Artaud’s psychonautic journeys in Mexico, which were the basis of his recent exhibition To Have Done with the Judgment of God at Koenig & Clinton, New York.
LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (BEATLES VERSION). 1959–67. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. 3 min.
SF Trips Festival. 1966. USA. Directed by Ben Van Meter. Preserved by Academy Film Archive. 9 min.
Anselmo. 1967. USA. Directed by Chick Strand. Preserved by Academy Film Archive. 3 min.
Angel Blue Sweet Wings. 1966. USA. Directed by Chick Strand. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive and the Pacific Film Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. 3 min.
Mass for the Dakota Sioux. 1964. USA. Directed by Bruce Baillie. 20 min.
Below the Fruited Plain. 1966. USA. Directed by Leonard Lipton. 9 min.
Our Lady of the Sphere. 1969. USA. Directed by Lawrence Jordan. 10 min.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016,4:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
Tuesday, September 20, 2016,7:00 p.m.Introduced by artist and filmmaker Javier TéllezThe Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2